1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Blake

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 2:293-94.



The great poem is the wildest rhapsody that can be conceived. But his early songs last, and will continue to do so: even though they cannot be said to be appreciated by the uninitiated. They are little known and little likely to be known: but in their ineffable artlessness they are unlike anything else of the time, or perhaps it might be safe to say, of the language, in which he remains a unique figure, unapproachable and alone.